Tips From the Natives
Whether you’re just visiting the area, moving into Sarasota or a long time resident looking for something new, our team of local experts at Lee Wetherington Homes knows the best spots. We are happy to share our favorites below.
Featured on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives and known for the Turducken. It’s a combo Steakhouse and meat market. 4520 S. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota.
Beach House Restaurant
Beachfront mainstay featuring seafood and island-inspired fare, plus outdoor dining on the deck with live music. 200 Gulf Drive N. in Bradenton Beach.
Blue Rooster Bar & Grill
Live music and good food. 1525 Fourth Street in Sarasota.
Boca Kitchen and Bar
A new venue in Downtown Sarasota featuring dishes that use locally-grown fresh produce and has a vertical garden of fresh greens as part of the décor. 19 S. Lemon Ave. in Downtown Sarasota.
World famous daiquiris in a casual atmosphere. Seafood, raw bar, live music and four locations in the Sarasota area – Siesta Key Village, South Siesta Key, St. Armands and Venice.
DaRuMa Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Lounge
Lively Japanese restaurant with the tableside cooking of classic dishes including steak and stir-fries. Best sushi in town. 5459 Fruitville Road in Sarasota.
Dry Dock Waterfront Grill
Casual bayfront staple with seafood specialties, a dockside patio, and fish-themed decor. On Longboat Key at 412 Gulf of Mexico Drive.
Great, fresh seafood for lunch and dinner. 6239 Lake Osprey Drive in Sarasota.
Honey Tree Café
Family-owned business with an incredible breakfast menu. Friendly service and generous portions for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 8315 Lockwood Ridge Road in Sarasota.
Leon’s House of Omelettes
Best breakfast in town. Home-style comfort food, serving breakfast and lunch in a down home, diner atmosphere. 7246 55th Avenue East. (SR 70).
Linger Lodge Restaurant and Bar
Eccentric waterfront cabin with southern-style seafood eats, cocktails and live weekend entertainment. 7205 85th St Ct E. in Bradenton.
Mi Pueblo El Restaurante Mexicano & Cantina
Colorful eatery serving Mexican fare, plus a deep list of tequilas and margaritas. 4436 Bee Ridge Road and 8405 Tuttle Ave, both in Sarasota.
Owens Fish Camp Restaurant
Featuring fresh seafood, fish, and oysters in a southern fish camp atmosphere. In Downtown Sarasota at 516 Burns Lane.
A chic, glowing craft cocktail bar in the heart of downtown Sarasota on Main St. The cocktails are created in-house. The staff is challenged to create new ideas and the menu is extensive. 1568 Main Street.
Beachfront seafood restaurant serving classic dishes plus surprises such as grouper Reubens. 100 Spring Ave. on Anna Maria Island.
Star Fish Company
Fish market and waterside seafood hangout with buckets of beer and outdoor picnic table seating. BRING CASH, as they do not accept credit cards. And be sure to stop at the market on your way out for some stone crab claws or snapper filets to take home for later! 12306 46th Ave. W. in Bradenton.
The Old Salty Dog Restaurant
A British pub offering beer-battered hot dogs and other bar eats plus live music. Two locations: on City Island at 1601 Ken Thompson Pkwy, and on Siesta Key at 5023 Ocean Blvd.
Walt’s Fish Market Restaurant
A longtime favorite for fish and seafood with a welcoming outdoor bar. They’ve been in business since 1941. 4144 S. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota.
FISHING AND NATURAL FLORIDA
All About Fishing. Great tips on where to fish, plus live bait, tackle and charter boats. 115 S. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota.
Experience old Florida via the Myakka River. Fish, kayak, canoe. A unique experience.
Vamo Road Park. Kayak and small boat launch on Little Sarasota Bay.
1690 Vamo Drive near the intersection of McIntosh and South 41.
THE ARTS, THEATRE, AND ATTRACTIONS
Burns Court Cinema
Small theater offering first-run foreign, independent and art films along with beer, wine, and popcorn. 506 Burns Court in Downtown Sarasota
Golden Apple Dinner Theater
The longest running professional dinner theatre in America. The 281-seat theater in Downtown Sarasota at 25 N Pineapple Ave.
State art museum of Florida, established in 1927. A must-see. 5401 Bay Shore Road in Sarasota.
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
One of the most comprehensive collections of bromeliads and orchids in the world, this is a must see for the first time visitor to Sarasota. The gardens are located on one of the most beautiful stretches of Sarasota Bay at 811 S. Palm Avenue.
DVD and CD rentals and sales. 2243 Bee Ridge Road in Sarasota.